|Hambledon Hill is 623 ft above sea level but Hod Hill
was also important strongholds around 2,000 years ago, the former being
a strongly fortified hill fort, traces of which still remain. A
spectacular view to Bulbarrow on the other side of the Stour Valley can
be seen up here and on a clear day even the Mendip Hills of Somerset can
During the Civil War a lot of people living in the area were getting tired of the Parliamentarians overrunning their towns and villages only to be beaten and the Royalists moving in that they decided to occupy Hambledon Hill and became known as 'The Clubmen' and here they refused to lay down their weapons and were quickly driven out by Cromwell's men. Hod Hill was also captured but this time it was by the Romans in 44AD and traces of their fort can be found today, it is now a Nature Reserve owned by the Dorset Naturalist's Trust.